Posted by Rebecca Shapiro on 01 May 2011 / 0 Comment
We’ve had record rainfalls this past March and April. Everything has been so grey and wet but the plants keep doing their thing. They’re still blooming and making gorgeous shapes and colors. I’m so happy today is May Day!
Just to bring a little color and light into the studio, I picked some magnolia soulangiana (l) and skimmia (bottom) last week. Then they wanted to be painted (they told me). These are paintings but I also used wax crayons to add shading and a few details. I also carved highlights into the magnolia petals, scraping back the darker pink to reveal more white. I like that effect better than painting in highlights. I might add a little more highlights to the skimmia…but they’re almost done. I really like using the wax crayons to mix things up a bit.